The great law firm web crash

The good news for the 40 or so firms affected by a website outage is that at least their competitors suffered the same problem. Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper and Hogan Lovells were just some of the firms whose sites were down for hours yesterday. The websites of Bakers, Hogan Lovells and Reed Smith were all still down when The Lawyer tried to access them as late as lunchtime today.

One North Interactive, which hosts the firms’ sites, admitted its error in communications to clients yesterday and assured firms the sites had not been hacked. The outage came as a result of an error renewing a domain name.

Basically, because someone forgot to fill in some online form, a bunch of US firm websites displayed links to divorce or medical malpractice lawyer sites. Many just showed a bar with flashing boxes.

As one law firm spokesperson commented: “There was some problem with the DNS set-up which has been rectified and will propagate around all ISPs within 24 hours.”

So that’s clear then.


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